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String Puppet from Three Socks 

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String Puppet from Three Socks 

Written By: gryphon 



Scissors (1) 


Scrap of material for mouth (1) 

Sewing needle large (1) 


Socks (3) 


String (1) 


Glue-on doll eyes (2) 


Slats of wood or cardboard (2) 


Doll stuffing (1) 


Matchsticks or toothpicks (4) 


Sewi no thread (1) 


With three socks, two stick-on eyes, and a thin scrap of material, in half an hour you will 
have a simple string puppet. (Although, if you use glue to attach the eyes, you will have to 
wait for the glue to dry. I suggest that you let it dry overnight if you can wait that long!) 

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String Puppet from Three Socks 

Step 1 — The body 

• You will need: Three socks 
(preferably one thicker one and two 
thin ones) a scrap of material for 
the mouth, two stick-on eyes, 
fabric glue and string or gut. 

• To make the head, take the sock 
that you want to use as the body 
and put as much stuffing in as you 
see fit into the end of it. 

• Once you have done that, stitch the 
sock at the point where the stuffing 
ends to form the head. Make the 
neck long enough for the head to 
drop down when you lift up the 
body, then stitch the bottom of the 

• There should be no stuffing 
in the neck. 


• Now it is time to give the puppet a 
mouth. Take the scrap of material 
and arrange it in the shape of a 
mouth. This can be done however 
you want the mouth to look. Then 
stitch it on. (I used a scrap of 
cotton Lycra because both of the 
sides roll in, so all I had to do was 
separate the sides a little and stitch 
it on.) 

• Stuff the body and sew up the 

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String Puppet from Three Socks 

Step 2 — The legs 

• Do this step to form both of 
the legs. 

• Take the socks you are going to 
use for the legs and stuff as much 
as you see fit for the foot then 
stitch where the stuffing ends. 
Make the ankle long enough so that 
if you hold up the leg and let the 
foot touch the floor it bends to look 
normal. Then stitch the top of the 

• The ankle also does not 
have stuffing in it. 

• Once you have done this with both 
of the legs sew them onto the 
bottom of the body. 


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String Puppet from Three Socks 

Step 3 — Adding the strings 

• The puppet is almost ready. Now 
you just need to add the strings. 

• We will start with the head string. 
Take the string and thread the end 
through a large needle. Then push 
the needle through a bit of the top 
of the head and tie the string there. 
Make the string long enough so 
that when you are standing 
comfortably you can pull up on the 
string and make the body stand 
upright. Cut the string at that 

• Always leave a little extra 
string for tying to the cross 

• Thread another piece of string 
through the needle. Push it through 
a bit of the top of one of the feet 
and tie it there. Stand alongside the 
puppet, holding the head string so 
that the puppet is standing up, and 
make the foot string long enough 
so that the foot touches the floor. 
Cut the foot string at that length. 
Do this for the other foot as well. 

• if you want your puppet to be able 
to bend his or her back there is a 
simple way to do it: Cut a piece 
string the same length as the one 
on the head and join it to the 
bottom of the body. 

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String Puppet from Three Socks 

Step 4 — The cross bar 

• The cross bar is what you use to 
control the puppet. 

• The cross bar is easy to make. 
First, take two pieces of wood or 
cardboard about 30 cm long and 6 
cm wide and glue one over the 
other to make a cross. 

• Then, make a hole at the end of 
one of the pieces and thread the 
string from the head through. Tie it 
to a matchstick on the other side 
so that it won't pull back through. 

• Repeat with the string from one 
foot on one side and the string from 
the other foot on the other side. 

• Then take the string coming from 
the puppet's back (if you installed 
one) and thread it through the 
remaining end of the cross. 

• Finally, glue on the eyes with fabric 
glue and wait for it to dry. 

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